Rich Mullins

Richard Wayne Mullins (October 21, 1955 – September 19, 1997) was an CCM singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He was killed in a jeep accident in September 1997.

Mullins is best known for his worship songs “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”, both of which have been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. Some of his albums are also considered among Christian music’s best, including Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988), The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One (1991) and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band (1993). His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Chris Rice and Third Day.

Rich Mullins is also remembered for his devotion to the Christian faith. He was heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). In 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West.

Discography

Main article: Rich Mullins discography
  • Behold the Man (1981)
  • Rich Mullins (1986)
  • Pictures in the Sky (1987)
  • Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth (1988)
  • Never Picture Perfect (1989)
  • The World as Best as I Remember It, Volume One (1991)
  • The World as Best as I Remember It, Volume Two (1992)
  • A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band (1993)
  • Brother’s Keeper (1995)
  • Canticle of the Plains (1997)
  • The Jesus Record (1998, posthumous)

Awards

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steven Curtis Chapman
GMA’s Artist of the Year
1998 (awarded posthumously)
Succeeded by
Michael W. Smith
Preceded by
“On My Knees”
David Mullin, Nicole C. Mullen, Michael Ochs
GMA’s Song of the Year
1999 (awarded posthumously)
“My Deliverer” (with Mitch McVicker)
Succeeded by
“This Is Your Time”
Michael W. Smith, Wes King
Preceded by
Steven Curtis Chapman
GMA’s Songwriter of the Year
1999 (awarded posthumously)
Succeeded by
Michael W. Smith
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